As usual, summer seems to be zipping by and although the somewhat slower pace has been enjoyed, I am eager to start another academic year at Lewis-Clark State College. For the 124th time in school history, campus will come alive when students arrive later this month for New Student Orientation on Aug. 19 and for the first day of class on Aug. 22.
I thoroughly enjoy meeting the many incoming freshman who will begin their journeys at LCSC, the transfers who come to us to finish their degrees both in Lewiston and in Coeur d'Alene, and certainly those students who are returning to continue their education. Stories of success, of great achievement, and of overcoming obstacles always abound among our student body – allow me to share two such stories.
We learned of one such story just a couple weeks ago when Becca Eller, a senior at LCSC majoring in graphic communications, was named winner of the 2016 Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation’s (PGSF) national poster design competition. She received a check for $500 for the winning poster and the PGSF will have more than 1,500 of her posters made and distributed to schools with graphic programs throughout the country. The product of Riggins, Idaho, is the first Warrior to win the award. Congratulations to Becca and the graphic communications faculty and thank you for representing LCSC so well.
Becca, by the way, is expected to graduate in December and when she does she’ll join the ranks of the thousands of Warrior graduates before her who have gone on to accomplish great things. One graduate success story is that of Dan Robinson who was recently featured in our Alumni Spotlight. Despite facing serious obstacles in high school, Dan came to LCSC and worked hard to earn a bachelor’s degree in English. He now enjoys a successful business career in the Seattle area. Stories like his not only inspire current and future students – they inspire all of us here at LCSC who have the pleasure of watching first-hand such stories unfold.
Rob Lohrmeyer has helped guide thousands of students just like Becca and Dan from the first day of class to graduation over his 14 years as dean for Career & Technical Education (CTE). Rob recently announced that he will retire this summer and as such I want to personally thank him for his many years of excellent service to Lewis-Clark State College. Rob came to LCSC in 1993 as an assistant professor in the Business Technology & Services Division and became interim dean of CTE, then called the School of Technology, in 2002. All along the way Rob has displayed a student-first mentality and has been a pleasure to work with. He leaves the CTE Program in perfect position to continue providing exceptional learning opportunities for students which match seamlessly with the demands of industry throughout Idaho and the region. I wish him well.
On a final and somber note, you’ve probably heard, or if you’ve been on campus you’ve probably noticed, that we had to remove one of our oldest and largest trees from campus last week. Despite many attempts to treat it over the years, the beautiful American elm tree standing in front of the Student Union Building, between Thomas Jefferson Hall and the Art Studio, over the past few years became so severely infested by elm leaf miner larvae, a type of beetle, that it could no longer survive. The tree was estimated to be close to 100 years old. I thank City of Lewiston Urban Forrester Riley Stark for providing his expertise and advice on this problem and also the LCSC Physical Plant for doing its best to maintain the tree over the years.
With just a couple weeks before school starts, I wish all of our faculty, staff, students, and supporters a superb end to summer and I look forward to seeing you on campus during the 2016-17 Academic Year.
J. Anthony Fernandez